Learning objects, learning tasks, and handhelds

Daniel Churchill, John Gordon Hedberg

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    The main idea behind learning objects is that they are to exist as digital resources separated from the learning task in which they are used. This allows a learning object to be reused with different learning tasks. However, not all learning objects operate in similar ways, neither are all learning tasks the same, and this exposes the problem that current recommendations from literature fail to link learning objects and their reuse in varied learning tasks. In this chapter, we explore definitions of learning objects and learning tasks. We also suggest that appropriate matches would lead to more effective pedagogical applications that can be used as set of recommendations for designers of learning objects and teachers who plan learning tasks and select learning objects for student learning activities. In addition, we discuss applications of learning objects delivered by emerging technologies which may change how digital resources are accessed and used by students in and out of classrooms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of research on learning design and learning objects
    Subtitle of host publicationissues, applications and technologies
    EditorsLori Lockyer, Sue Bennett, Shirley Agostinho, Barry Harper
    Place of PublicationHershey, PA
    PublisherInformation Science Reference
    ISBN (Print)9781599048611
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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